The IAF and the French Air Force sign an agreement for the purchase of Mirage planes which are no longer sold

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The IAF and the French Air Force sign an agreement for the purchase of Mirage planes which are no longer sold

To an extent that will help maintain its fleet of Mirage-2000 fighter jets, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed a contract to purchase Mirages from the French Air Force, which have been gradually abandoned, according to government sources. This is the second such deal that the Indian Air Force has signed for the purchase of approved airframes that will help one of the most powerful aircraft fleets stay in service longer.

“A French Mirage jet squadron had been retired some time ago. On August 31, a contract was signed for the acquisition of these retired jets in order to improve spare parts and airframe capacity. in order to help improve the availability of the approximately 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, ”government sources said.

None of these planes would be used for flying, sources said. The aircraft would be supplied in containers to the Indian Air Force.

Also earlier, India had signed a contract with French companies for the supply of older Mirages which reached Gwalior last year and helped significantly improve operational readiness, the sources said.

The French Air Force is replacing its old Mirage fleet with new Rafale fighter jets.

India had acquired these planes from France in the 1980s and they have been one of the most powerful aircraft fleets despite their age of over three decades.

The plane had taken part in Balakot’s airstrikes against terrorist camps in Pakistan and destroyed a camp there. The plane had accurately fired its Spice-2000 bombs to eliminate targets deep inside Pakistani territory.

(With entries from ANI)

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